The Pocklington Tennis Club Driffield League mixed match season got off to a ‘smashing’ start last week and in spite of un-availability and injury all 4 teams who played picked up victories. The ‘A’ Team however, picked up their first points without hitting a ball due to Driffield Rec having to concede their game due to late cry offs resulting in insufficient players to field a team making it a disappointing start for Pock.
The ‘B’ team relegated from Division 1 last season stormed to a 7-2 victory away at Sledmere in Division 2, with top scorers Helen Fairey and Graham Taylor picking up all 3 sets ,one on a tie break 8-7,8-6,8-3. The ever-improving Matt Ralphs teaming up with Franki Marsh almost followed suit with 2 tie breaks winning one and losing the second but picking up their third 8-5. John Wood pulled up from the ‘C’ Team partnered Looby Kettlewell to add two more to the tally 8-3,8-6 losing to the first couple 4-8.
The Mixed ‘C’ also picked up an impressive 7-2 win welcoming back former club member Sue Sumner after many years away playing at Dunnington, who teamed up with Adam Smith dropping only 7 games winning 8-6,8-0,8-1. They were closely followed by the very consistent Fiona Lambert and Jim Holding 8-5,8-2,8-2. Mark Smith aka ‘Smithy ‘teamed up with Louise Durkin to pick up the ever-important set 8-4, losing their other two 6-8,3-8. It was a first for the club finishing the matches under the new floodlights making life a lot easier for any older eyes!
The Mixed ‘D’ re-instated in Division 4 after thinking they had been relegated last season, had a battle on their hands but came away with a great victory away at Beverley 5-4 , amazingly the game score was 55-54 to Beverley ! Whilst Captain Jean Hunter and Stuart Berry picked up three sets 8-5,8-3,8-3 . Matt Cotton and Louise Wilkinson won one 8-4 and then saved the day taking the winning tie break set 8-7 to clinch the match. Di Flint and Firooz came close but lost all three 6-8,3-8,5-8.
Not to be outdone the Mixed ‘E’ took on local rivals Market Weighton ‘D’ and won 7-2 but not without a fight with some close games. Captain Angie Collins and James Eaglesfield won 8-5,8-6 and then produced the comeback of all comebacks coming from 2-7 down to win 8-7 on a tie break causing the captain to skip her way off the court! Youth and experience saw second couple Ben Smith, taking a break from A level, to partner Helen Marsden last weeks Horsley Trophy winner, and notch up two sets 8-6,8-6, losing their third 6-8.
The home teams then enjoyed tennis ‘teas’ at The Plough at Allerthorpe to round off a successful night and a magnificent start to the season